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ORT Conference Award Announcement. A photo of Lovisa Cheung is shown in the middle on a pale yellow background. Congratulations is written across the top left corner. The ORT logo is on the top right corner. Below the photo of Lovisa, her name is displayed and it reads: graduate student, KITE Research Institute, 2021 ORT Conference Award Recipient.
Congratulations to ORT Conference Award recipient, Lovisa Cheung! 

Lovisa is a graduate student in Dr. Kristin Musselman's lab at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at the Lyndhurst Centre. Her doctoral work focuses on investigating the feasibility of sport engagement for improving physical, psychological, and social well-being in adults aged 50 years or greater living with spinal cord injury. Beyond the lab, Lovisa loves camping, her dog, and Olympic weightlifting!

Congratulations Lovisa!
ORT Conference Award Announcement. A photo of Dr. Efthymios Papadopoulos is shown in the middle on a pale yellow background. Congratulations is written across the top left corner. The ORT logo is on the top right corner. Below the photo of Efthymios, his name is displayed and it reads: postdoctoral fellow, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, 2021 ORT Conference Award Recipient.
Congratulations to ORT Conference Award recipient, Dr. Efthymios Papadopoulos!

Dr. Papadopoulos is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Alibhai’s lab at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute exploring the role of sarcopenia in predicting clinically relevant outcomes in older adults with cancer. He presented his research at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research.

Congratulations Efthymios!


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Teaching and Volunteering Opportunities with the ORT

The ORT is busy organizing events for the spring and summer and we would love to have trainees involved! We're seeking volunteers to engage in three different initiatives:

  • ORT's Sustainability in Research webinar on April 29th
  • Learning Sessions for the Undergraduate Summer Students
  • UHN's 2nd annual Summer Seminar Series for high school students

For trainees seeking teaching or leadership experience, these are great opportunities to get involved and build relevant skills. Learn more about the initiatives and sign up as a volunteer here.

You can also add your name to a mailing list for future outreach opportunities and events!

A yellow poster with blue shapes on top. It reads 2022 UHNPA Postdoc Survey. A postdoc-directed survey focusing on postdocs' needs! UHN Postdoc Association (UHNPA), for UHN Postdocs, by UHN postdocs!
Postdoc Survey from UHN Postdoc Association (UHNPA) 

The UHNPA is a volunteer group of current UHN postdocs dedicated to supporting all UHN postdocs. They'd appreciate if UHN postdocs could complete this anonymous survey to provide them information so that they tailor their future programming to your needs! 

This anonymous survey will take you less than 10 minutes to complete and will provide invaluable information about what the UHNPA can do to improve your research and social experience at UHN.

Complete the survey here.

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Earth Month at UHN

April is Earth Month and to celebrate, UHN has prepared resources and learning experiences with chances to win prizes! There’s a lot to being green, so each week, there will be a manageable, free-range, organic tidbit on:

1. Energy & Water
2. Climate Change
3. Green Transportation
4. 5-R’s Waste Less
5. Food & Garden

More information here.

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Designing Graphics for Presentation
Prerecorded: Available until April 29

For many graduate students, effectively synthesizing figures that effectively communicate findings is key towards publication. This workshop, will discuss the key elements of effective figures design and specific computational strategies that graduate students can use to develop their own figures for publications. This workshop will provide detailed guidelines and information that graduate students can use to help create high quality figures, conceptual diagrams, and graphical abstracts for publication in the natural sciences using freely available software like Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and R statistical computing.

More information and registration here. Interested individuals that are not U of T graduate students can register by emailing

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Design for Healthcare
April 6 | 8:30 - 11:30 AM

KITE's FIBRE program invites you to an interactive workshop for scientists, clinicians, researchers, designers, trainees and other professionals working in multi-disciplinary spaces toward developing innovative health care solutions. In this first workshop, they will introduce the fundamental concepts of human-centred design in the context of health care. Attendees will participate in immersive activities to learn how these principles can be incorporated into health-related research for textile-based solutions and beyond.

More information and registration here.

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Conversations in Convergence
April 6 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Join for a session on "Deciphering cancer heterogeneity and metabolomics using different approaches" with speakers Courtney Jones, PhD and Sophie McGibbon-Gardner. 

The goal is to foster cross-disciplinary discussions in support of convergence, which is the integration of approaches from engineering, science, medicine and other fields to expand knowledge and spark innovation. The researchers will discuss how their unique perspectives, knowledge and ideas inform their work, and how their diverse approaches intersect and complement one another to advance regenerative medicine.

More information and registration here

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You Belong: GLSE Mental Health Virtual Conference
April 6 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM

You Belong is a student-run virtual conference, supported by the Graduate and Life Sciences Education (GLSE). Graduate students are faced with unique challenges that can often lead to feelings of Imposter Phenomenon, a pattern in which they doubt their own skills or belonging. Experiencing this alone can be accompanied by poor mental health and not paying attention to wellness. At “You Belong”, a live event via Zoom, we will explore these feelings through shared experience, build new connections, and learn strategies to care for our bodies and minds. With keynote address by Dr. Shelly Dev, a panel discussion of diverse speakers, and an interactive wellness workshop, we hope this conference will bring new attention back to our wellness and help us crush our inner-impostor. 

More information and registration here.

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Career Spotlight: Breaking into Medical Affairs in the Pharmaceutical Industry
April 7 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Join the Guelph Science to Business Network (S2BN) Chapter for a panel discussion featuring experienced Medical Affairs professionals in the pharmaceutical industry. During this session, panelists will describe how they transitioned from academia into Medical Affairs, and highlight the roles and responsibilities of their current position. These presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with attendees...bring your questions!

More information and registration here

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Transform your LinkedIn Profile and Get Hired
April 7 | 8:00 - 9:00 PM 

A well-written LinkedIn profile is one of the most important online presences that every job seeker should have. It is your very first “pitch” to hiring manager and recruiter who may search for candidates online.

Transform Your Future invites you to a webinar that will cover why you should have a LinkedIn profile, creating a profile that stands out to recruiters, and expanding your network on LinkedIn. 

More information and registration here.

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Life Sciences Career Expo 2022
May 9, 11, & 13 | Early Bird Registration by April 8

The Life Sciences Career Expo conference is aimed at bringing together life sciences trainees with educators, researchers, industry partners, and government stakeholders that have a common interest in educating and preparing the next generation for diverse careers. There will be a variety of sessions to help enhance your educational and professional development, including keynote and career panel discussions, company spotlight presentations, professional development workshops, job simulation workshop series, coffee chats, practice interviews, company booths, and more!

More information and registration here.

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L'Oreal Canada for Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowships
Apply by April 14 at 5:00 PM ET

The purpose of this fellowship program is to highlight the role of women in devising scientific solutions to problems confronting humankind in the 21st century. The program supports major research projects undertaken by Canadian women scientists at the postdoctoral level in Canada.

Up to two (2) postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded. These fellowships are valued at $20,000 CAD each, tenable for one academic year.

More information and application here
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